Sideshow 1/6 Scale R2-D2 Figure


I managed to score R2 on a really awesome Christmas sale and got a 1/3rd off on him. I’m so glad that I got him, he’s a very well built little droid who looks very much like his film self. See full gallery of photos on my Facebook page.

R2-D2 comes w/ a slew of fun accessories. He’s got his drink getup from Jabba’s sail barge, 3 tools, Luke’s lightsaber, and best yet, he’s got Ben’s table w/ a holo-light up Leia figure.


So in true Sideshow fashion, in order to get R2 to light up, you have to “gently” pull his head off. Yeah, sorry, I’m the queen of breaking things, so my R2 will remain in tact. It’s a good thing because after I removed his drink stuff to photograph it – I broke one of the pieces on it. *Superglue to the rescue….


You use a magnet at the end of Luke’s lightsaber to get R2’s little compartments open. He’s got all sorts of places that open. His middle foot is retractable.


The table has a fun way of turning on so you don’t have a button on it.

The drink tray looks great.


R2 is a little on the lightweight side w/ his plastic but he’s painted nicely. he’s got some fade marks in his blue and dirt sprayed around his lower portion of his body.


He’s a very fun version of the droid.

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Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi Figure


Old Ben also showed up today along with Luke. Seeing Hot Toy’s Old Ben face sculpt made me suddenly desperately wish that Disney/Marvel/Fox weren’t fighting and we could get 1/6 scale Magneto figures w/ Ian McKellan’s facemold. (See full collection of photos on my Facebook page.)

Old Ben also has a nice collage poster. I love these, I can’t wait to see Leia’s (she’s coming in March.)

The sculpt for Ben is just beautiful, it’s weathered, and looks so strickingly like Sir Alec Guinness, it’s eerie.


Old Ben comes w/ 3 lightsaber hilts – one no blade, one w/ blade, and one attached to forearm that can light up. he has 3 extra hands, his stand, and costume. Unlike young Luke, Ben travels light.


Ben’s costume is beautiful, the fabric is a lovely cream color. The tunic’s sleeves even have patched up holes in it. His robe is tattered and a little frayed.


On this figure less is definitely more. He wins for being truly a beautiful representation of the character.

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Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Luke Skywalker Star Wars A New Hope


I got Hot Toy’s 1/6 scale Luke Skywalker today and I have to say, he’d need a giant trunk to carry all of his crap around the Galaxy in.  View full collection of photos on my Facebook Page.

This figure comes LOADED with accessories. I got the Sideshow exclusive so he came with an extra Stormtrooper blaster and belt.


He comes with his standard costume, 6 extra hands including an arm that will light up the lightsaber, his macrobinoculars that have 2 viewfinders, his comm link, his training helmet and remote, a full lightsaber, and full Tatooine gear – poncho, hat, goggles, and rifle. And he comes w/ an extra hat head hair piece and of course a stand.


Like my Han and Chewie set, Luke had a nice photo collage poster in his package that showcases his 3 different looks.


The instructions say that to get the poncho on you have to completely remove his head – not true. You can pull off his thick Farrah hair, turn the poncho so it’ll go over his head long ends pointed nose end and it’ll go on and off of his head. You can fit the thinner hat headed hair under the test blaster and under his hat. His fluffy other hair doesn’t fit under the hat.

His poncho has some wire inside the edging so you can fold it and it’ll keep it’s shape some. The goggles didn’t fit very well around the hat, not w/o some sort of help. His rifle is beautiful.


The stormtrooper belt and blaster are really nicely designed. The Blaster is stunningly detailed.

I keep calling Luke’s hair “fluffy” because when I pulled him out for a minute I thought he actually had soft hair. They molded his hair so you can individual strands and his plastic feathers actually stick off independently from the rest of the head.


I’m not sure of the color, he’s got a little blond highlights but I think the hair is too dark, especially in ANH, Luke had much more blond hair.

His face is very nice, I do wish that they had incorporated the moving eyes that were on the Bespin Luke set, he’s kind of looking up constantly which is kind of hard for display purposes.

Figure overall is pretty amazing and he definitely wins for nicest Tatooine Luke.

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Sideshow 1/6 Scale X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker


I didn’t realize that I’d forgotten to post these on my blog – extra images are available to view on my Facebook page.

I got Sideshow’s 1/6 scale X-Wing Luke Skywalker pilot figure last month and decided to photograph him along w/ my 2 new Hot Toy’s figures tonight.


Normally I would try to show off all of the accessories in their live environment on the figure, but Luke has a weird-ass helmet that you have to take off in 3 pieces to get it off of his head. I know me, I’ll break it if I try to remove it, so you get to see his hair being studied by Hot Toys Luke instead.


This Luke didn’t come w/ a lot of accessories, he had 3 exta gloved hands, 2 bare hands, a pair of “folded” gloves which were the Sideshow exclusive and Luke’s hair.

No weapons.

Luke’s costume though truly is the scene stealer for this figure, I had him sitting for a while next to Hasbro’s Biggs and Wedge and the helmet, how they made it makes a lot of difference. Sideshow molded it really tightly on the head so it looks like a normal helmet, unlike the Hasbros where the helmets were giant round things sitting on top of the heads.


Luke’s costume has very nice accessories, I even like the tiny mouthpiece on his helmet. From what I can see of it, I like the facemold. Very nice figure and worth the wait.

Comparison photo of Sideshow X-Wing Pilot Luke and Hot Toys ANH Luke



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A Visual Comparison history of 12″ Princess Leia figures/dolls


Kenner 1978 vintage doll, Hasbro’s 1996 Princess Leia, Sideshow’s 1/6th scale Princess Leia figure 2007, Disney D23 Disney store exclusive 2015, and Hot Toys 1/6 Scale figure 2016.

I photographed the complete line of 12″ figures/dolls that have been made to date of Leia wearing her white gown. We have Kenner 1978 vintage doll, Hasbro’s 1996 Princess Leia, Sideshow’s 1/6th scale Princess Leia figure 2007, Disney D23 Disney store exclusive 2015, and Hot Toys 1/6 Scale figure 2016.


Each has it’s charm, out of them all I think that the Sideshow version is the worst. Her face is cartoonish w/ it’s paint is flat and boring and her dress was made w/ the cheapest of nylon fabric. The Hasbro figure looks very dumpy but at least her gown was better quality than the Sideshow version and she had real hair.


Even though the articulation and body style isn’t very feminine or ultra posable, I’ll always love my vintage Leia, I still think that her facemold is pretty and very close to Carrie Fisher.


The 2 newest figures are nice compare/contrasts – the D23 figure is what we would dream for for a playline doll, w/ real rooted hair, nice feminine body, and pretty flowy dress. The Hot Toys is the absolute pinnacle of what a collectible version of her should look like – a miniature ultra life-life representation of the character.



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Hot Toys Star Wars A New Hope 1/6 Scale Figures Collection


Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Ben Kenobi, Sideshow R2-D2.

And here we have it! The complete collection of the Hot Toys A New Hope figures (plus Sideshow’s R2-D2. I love seeing them all together so you can easily see how Hot Toys really did plan them out together because they’re all sized correctly. What a great batch of beautiful figures. I hope we get figures for the next 2 films also.


Now if only they’ll do a whole set of Prequel figures also, I’d be the happiest person on the planet.

PS I don’t have the SS C-3PO – Anthony Daniels has pissed me off recently w/ his comments about working in the prequels. I do think I might need to use my Sideshow points and snatch up a Darth Vader.

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Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Star Wars A New Hope Princess Leia Figure

img_4148_rLeia is stunning, the gown is something that I’ve been waiting for on one of these figures, it’s a nice synthetic blend w/o looking cheap and nylonish. It hangs beautifully. Hot Toys put an above knees lining inside of it so that her lady parts don’t show through. Her sculpt is amazing, just like the rest of the Hot Toys figures.  (View full photos collection on my Facebook page.)


She comes w/ 5 hands, her pistol and stormtrooper blaster, stand and because I got the Sideshow exclusive she has a large display backdrop from the Blockade runner.


The only thing I have to complain about is she’s the perfect figure for the between the legs stand, instead they put a black waist grabbing clasp – it stands out on her and runs the risk of possibly staining her dress. I probably will swap that part out w/ a white clasp before I put her permanently on display.


My nice collage poster had a big printing error on it so I won’t be able to display it either, which is disappointing.
These small gripes aside, she’s a fantastic figure and by far the most amazing Leia that’s been made to date. She’s worth the money!


Absolutely stunning! Great job Hot Toys!


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My Star Wars The Force Awakens Display

So I spent this evening pretending it’s Christmas and deboxed 2 huge boxes full of TFA stuff that I’ve been hoarding for the last couple of months and finally put them on display. I’ll still need another bookcase before I can get another display in for the film. So far I’m head over heels in love w/ the Disney store Elite Series Die Cast Metal figures. They’re so beautifully crafted. I have Rey and Phasma and will have to bite the bullet to get the rest.

The Hasbro 12″ figures, I still really love these things, they’re sculpted well and look great displayed in the background. I want Poe and Rey and now want to get the one of Attack of the Clones Anakin as well.

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Star Wars Force Friday Let Down and Analysis

ejgpxoFEverywhere I looked online this weekend, Star Wars collectors were pissed off. From early spring Sept 4th was deemed THE day to celebrate the launch of the merchandise for “The Force Awakens” and press released promised toys galore. All retailers kept what was actually coming under wraps to cloak it all in secrecy in order to build excitement. The couple of weeks beforehand images started surfacing online, leaked products found their way on ebay, and even though fans were not thrilled about the basic 5 points of articulation figures that were coming, they were desperate to get their hands on them and experience the magic of a new chapter in our favorite Galaxy Far, Far Away.

For those who attended the midnight releases, many came out pissed off, and near empty handed. It was like Black Friday for geeks and the only victors were the scalpers. I for one have never done the midnight toy release thing. I live in Phoenix, it’s still over 100 degrees here in Sept, I’m not standing in line w/ a bunch of sweating fanboys bitching over how much they hated the prequels and how they’re expecting the sequels to be SOO much better without George at the helm. Yeah, no thanks.

IMG_1388rInstead I waited until daytime on the 4th to see if I might find anything. I knew my chances of finding anything would be slim at best, particularly since I waited until evening to venture out. I mentioned a couple of possible locations to my sister to head to that were very far and out of the way and she immediately shot me down, “I’m not driving that far.” So instead she suggested a Target branch that was up the road from us rather than the one right in town (which I dismissed because the store was small and I knew it would be picked clean.) The Target we went to was out of the way, not directly off of the freeway, however I didn’t have that high of hopes.

IMG_1394rWhen we got inside and got to the toys my sister was dazzled by the giant talking stuffed Chewbacca (who was adorable.) I thought the giant talking display BB-8 was adorable too, then I looked at the racks. I was utterly unimpressed by the complete lack of figures. There was one 6″ Chewbacca that I immediately passed on since he looked exactly like the standard release from a while ago. They had a few of the Jakks Pacific 20″ figures including Poe Dameron. I contemplated picking him up but ultimately passed since I wasn’t sure yet how (or where) I was going to display my TFA collectibles. I did find 12″ figures of Finn and a First Order Stormtrooper that I picked up. And they had Rey w/ her Jakku Speeder 3 3/4″ figure. I also found a Lego version of this as well.

I felt sad.

IMG_1390rNo remote control BB-8’s, no Rey figures, no Pop! Figures to be seen anywhere, just tons of micro machines and other kids interactive toys that didn’t interest me. I was feeling so down, I almost picked up a Chewbacca Nerf Bowcaster since Nerf wars are big at my office. I put it down though, I don’t collect weapons, I like figures.

Wandering around the store my spirits lifted as we reached the far back corner – back by the remnants of the school supplies were a few hidden racks of Star Wars stuff! I found a 6″ Black Series Finn (Woot!) a Pop! Finn figure, a Poe Dameron 3 3/4″ figure, and Rey’s speeder micro machine. They had some other stuff, like TFA Monopoly (that I REALLY want,) and they had a Luke Skywalker Potato head but I knew I had surpassed my spending limit and after confirming that nothing else good had been squirreled away anywhere I left with my purchases.  My sister bought a Vader T-shirt.

IMG_1391rEven though I know I did better than some people did, I felt bad, I really wanted a couple more Rey items. I desperately wanted her 6″ figure w/ BB-8 and a Pop figure. The rational part of my brain kept saying “don’t worry, it’s not like they’re not going to make more.” But the part of me that wanted to be a part of the frenzy was annoyed.

Later that night I started perusing online to see what might be available. I was dismayed to see Target, TRU, Walmart, and KMart had ZERO TFA toys left. The Disney Store was out of their cool 6″ die cast figures. They had a few things, but I was now no longer interested. Target being out of everything sucked in particular since they had a $25 off of $100 coupon that was utterly useless since they wouldn’t even let you back order things.

IMG_1395rI then climbed into the scum and villainy of ebay to see if maybe I could score a couple of things there. Lo and behold I found where all of the scalpers from midnight ended up. Really folks, BIN of $25 + shipping for the Titanium Micro-Machines Rey Speederbike that I picked up retail for $4.99?  I rather thought $4.99 was a rip off, much less $25. I did manage to find a Hot Topic Exclusive Rey Pop! Figure at a decent price (I didn’t even know that exclusive was out there) and I got a Rey ring that Walmart gave out. I then put a 6″ Rey on pre-order online and my TFA weekend was over.

So the real question is what the hell happened? WIMG_1396rhy were retailers so sorely under stocked? If you think being a fan who didn’t get merchandise sucked, think of the kids out there who might’ve actually wanted toys, had to wait until they got out of school, and found nothing on the shelves. The retailers put out everything that they had, gave a 3 per item limit per shopper, and then had nothing else to put out when the shelves emptied. All of the employees had no idea when they would be restocked.

There are likely several factors into the under estimation of interest in the toys.

  1. Slow Sales: The last 2 times that there were big toy event days were for “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” – both toy lines were drastically cut after the disastrous over glut of merchandise from “The Phantom Menace.” Sales even then were pretty weak. And no, it wasn’t because the hate-boys bitched over the prequels – it was because of the economy. 2002 and 2005 were right in the prime of the big Recession. Jobs and money were scarce during that time and overall extra spending ground to a halt across the board. People just didn’t have the money for collectibles, in fact during those years, it was a boon for people with money because many collectors had liquidated their collections in order to make ends meet. These are the sales numbers that Hasbro would’ve been looking at along w/ Clone Wars sales over the years between. Kids just didn’t get toys during the Recession, they were a luxury item that parents couldn’t afford.
  2. Kids today aren’t playing with toys. Well that’s what people WANT you to think. Let me rephrase that, kids who are in upper middle class families whose parents have extra income still aren’t buying their kids toys. They’re giving them phones and video games as means to keep them quiet and busy and have toys that don’t make messes. Lower income kids have some toys and they love toys, but their parents can’t afford tons of them. I hit thrift shops all of the time as a hobby and every kid who enters a store is in high heaven making a giant mess of the toys in the store. Why? Because they likely don’t have them at home.
  3. Collectors BITCH. I read a blog post somewhere where a guy was talking to a Hasbro rep about the 7 POA 12″ figures and the blogger said “well nobody wants those…” the rep in turn said, “No, collectors don’t want them. They are in fact a corner stone of our merchandising market that we can’t go without.” All new collectors have the 12″ figures in their collection, they’re big, cheap, indestructible, great molds, and they’re a great value for the money. The cheaper 5POA 3 3/4″ figures are also designed for kids. They remind me of the vintage original figures. Vintage figures today look as good as they did back when Star Wars first came out – they took a beating and maybe are discolored and lacking paint but for the most part they’re in good shape still. The hugely articulated 3 3/4″ figures from recent years? I always find those at thrift shops in pieces. They’re fun to display but they are not great for kids to play with. The more articulation also means that the figures will be priced higher – which is always met w/ pissy groans from completionist collectors. Fans like the 6″ Black series line, but the cost keeps a lot of people from diving in. Whether they groan over prices, mold likenesses or even packaging styles it never seems that collectors are happy. It’s no wonder Hasbro doesn’t know what to do to satisfy them considering the fans themselves really don’t know what they want.
  4. Big Box Retail overall is a dying breed. All of the big box type stores are dying. Even Walmart and Target which always seem to be doing well w/ their packed parking lots report huge financial losses each year. If you look closely at the shelves you’ll see not many items of anything in particular are ever available. KMart is on it’s way under with locations closing (including sadly the one by me.) Target is closing down a ton of locations up in Canada. The big box stores are scared to have too much merchandise on hand that they might have to discount and later sell at a loss.

IMG_1397rWhat if anything has changed? The biggest thing that Hasbro and Disney/LFL has failed to take into consideration is that the economy is much improved over what it was back in 2002-2005. People have more disposable income than they did 12-9 years ago. Fans who sold off their vintage collections are duking it out online to win back the toys that they parted with when they needed to pay bills or downsize their living arrangements during the Recession.

People might not be making tons more money, but jobs are steadier, and we’ve learned to budget. Collecting is one of those things that if you’re stressed in life, getting a new item to add to your collection really can make a crappy day much brighter. They’re also forecasting another enormous bad winter for the Middle of the US and East Coast. Bad weather is great for collectibles sales. People are stuck inside, they spend time wanting to fill holes in their collections as a bright spot during bleak, dark winter days.

More merchandise will be coming to restock shelves. We still have only heard of a handful of higher end collectibles that are planned, plus we have yet to see anything Han, Leia, Luke related. BB-8 has already proven to be a monstrous hit – I’m expecting more merchandise surrounding him to be released. Let’s just hope that Hasbro, Disney, and LFL realize that demand is high and that they crank out enough merchandise to fill the needs of their loyal fanbase who made the Star Wars Empire as grand and long lasting as it is today, because the Force has awakened and fans really would love to empty their wallets to get a piece of it.

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Star Wars Shrine Photos Update

It’s been a while since I updated the photos of my shrine. With “The Force Awakens” coming around the corner a trip to IKEA will be in order. I need to do some cleaning and reorganizing in my office to get about 5 more bookcases in here and maybe a new Detolf. Until then everything is pretty packed in the shelves that I have. You can peruse my entire gallery over on my Facebook page, since my site here is almost out of image storage!

A few examples!

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